Omaha ladies are requesting that high-risk Nebraskans be again in Section 1B
(Omaha, NE) – An Omaha woman makes it her business to get people with high-risk diseases back into Phase 1B of the state vaccination schedule.
Mura O’Neille Rohe started a petition last week asking Governor Pete Ricketts to prioritize those with the underlying conditions and received nearly 1,500 signatures on Tuesday.
However, Mura does not ask to be on the list. She is waging this battle over her husband, who lives with stage 4 cancer. “As we speak, he’s taking the first of two steps for major surgery that will have part of his liver removed and the next part is in 4 to 6 weeks and we’ve been really, really I really hope he’s before That operation gets at least one shot, and now we know that won’t happen, “Mura told WOWT 6 News.
Last week, Governor Ricketts announced that those with pre-existing conditions will be removed from Phase 1B as the focus shifts more to age. Ricketts and the state’s chief medical officer say the move was made because the majority of people dying from COVID-19 in Nebraska are 65 years and older.
Mura says the older population should be high on the list, but so should people with pre-existing conditions. She is pleased with the growing support for the petition. “There is a kind of quiet – until now – community of people in our situation who felt that they were going to be vaccinated soon until a few days ago and then found out that it wasn’t, and all of these people have done friends and family who know exactly how hard it was for the people in our situation. “
According to Mura, her family has had to make great sacrifices over the past year to reduce the risk wherever they can. She and her husband’s 7-year-old daughter haven’t gone to school in a year or even played with a friend. “Think back to March and April last year when it all started and people stopped going out. When people wiped their groceries and didn’t gather with anyone and do nothing, it never ended for us. “
Mura hopes to send the governor a message. “My message to Governor Pete Ricketts is that we are not trying to cross the line. We just want the next seat in line. “”
In Mura’s case, a vaccine for her husband would – sooner rather than later – bring back a sense of comfort and normalcy that they have longed for. “It adds the added belief that if something happened, it wouldn’t kill him and that’s the fear we’ve lived with every day for the past year,” she said.
Mura says her family has been scared every day for the past year, and if her husband got the vaccine, they could breathe easier and would no longer have to be scared of the virus. “We are used to being afraid of cancer and we are used to fighting it, but every day we fear not being able to share a meal with his mother before major surgery so that we can send my daughter back to school and give her back a little more normalcy in her life, especially if we manage my husband’s surgery and his recovery. “
Mura doesn’t know if things will change, but she’s hoping to get more signatures on her petition and send it to the governor. She says she will continue to be an advocate and voice for people with pre-existing medical conditions who want a vaccine and can’t get one yet.
You can sign the petition here.
(Photo by WOWT 6 News / Mura O’Neille Rohe)